Aug 03, 2020
ETH 112 - Understanding Violence in America
3 Lecture Hours
This course explores the history of violence as relates to the United States of America. It will examine the violence used against Africans, Native Americans, Latinos, and the Chinese in the "settlement" of America. Periodical use of violence to achieve national goals will also be explored. Violence taught in games, movies and television will be examined, as will violence in nursery rhymes and children's stories. Particular attention will be paid to violence against ethnic groups. Alternative strategies to violence will also be explored.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- Students will be able to explain the use of violence in the settlement of the new world.
- Students will be able to contrast the treatment by European settlers of Native American and Latino populations in the early days of the new world.
- Students will be able to compare the level of violence in three (3) sports discussed in class and be able to explain the level of societally-accepted violence in each sport.
- Students will be able to explain why military violence is acceptable in our society and how we prepare our youth to accept such violence.
- Students will be able to discuss whether the violence depicted in the media, has any impact on the level of acceptable violence in American society.
- Students will be able to choose three (3) children's stories, poems or nursery rhymes and identify and contrast the level of violence in each.
- Students will be able to discuss three (3) techniques/activities that might help us raise children to be non-violent.
- Violence in the "settlement" of the New World
- The settlement of the West and the conquest of Native Americans and Mexicans
- Sports and Violence. Are most sports based on violence
- Military Violence as an acceptable means of solving disputes
- Violence in the media. Does the media encourage violence If so, how
- Violence and children's stories and nursery rhymes
- Violence prevention: raising children to be non-violent
Lectures, guest speakers, periodicals and videotapes.
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 02/23/2004
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